Upon admission to UMSL, all students are encouraged to apply for UMSL Competitive Scholarships using the General Scholarship Application Form. Through the general scholarship application, students can review a comprehensive list of scholarships available. Since scholarships are offered by various colleges, departments, and organizations to students who meet specific criteria, we encourage all students to apply regardless of their accomplishments, major, class level, or GPA. We also are able to list scholarship opportunities for UMSL students that are not offered by UMSL. In addition, students should explore financial aid opportunities available below:


 

Undergraduate Students are eligible for:

Undergraduate students should apply for UMSL Competitive Scholarships using the General Scholarship Application Form. Through the general scholarship application, students can review a comprehensive list of scholarships available. Since scholarships are offered by various colleges, departments, and organizations to students who meet specific criteria, we encourage all students to apply regardless of their accomplishments, major, class level, or GPA. We also are able to list scholarship opportunities for UMSL students that are not offered by UMSL.

  • Students must be admitted to UMSL for scholarship consideration.
  • Merit scholarships are offered to students based on their admissions applications and do not require additional applications to be considered.
  • Freshman applying for scholarships should complete the UMSL scholarship application by January 1st and the FAFSA by February 1st.
  • Undergraduate students seeking a first bachelor's degree will automatically be considered for some transfer scholarships.
  • Federal and Missouri State grants require a FAFSA, and may require students to complete the FAFSA by a certain deadline in order to be eligible.
  • Missouri law (HB 390) requires students to be lawfully present in the U.S. to receive state or institutional funds. Our office will contact you if we need additional documentation.

 

 

Graduate students who are admitted to a doctoral, master's, or eligible certificate program at UMSL can apply for the following forms of funding:

Students who have earned their first baccalaureate degree are no longer eligible for federal and state grant programs. However, graduate students are eligible for much higher annual loan limits.

Graduate students should apply for UMSL Competitive Scholarships using the General Scholarship Application Form. Through the general scholarship application, students can review a comprehensive list of scholarships available. Since scholarships are offered by various colleges, departments, and organizations to students who meet specific criteria, we encourage all students to apply regardless of their accomplishments, major, class level, or GPA. We also are able to list scholarship opportunities for UMSL students that are not offered by UMSL.

 

 

In order to be considered for federal student aid you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen who is enrolled as a degree-seeking student.

Generally, you are an eligible non-citizen if you are:

  1. A permanent resident of the U.S. and you have an Alien Registration Receipt Cart (I-151 or I-551)
  2. A conditional permanent resident (I-151C)
  3. Residing in the U.S. with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service showing any of the following designations: "Refugee" "Asylum Granted" "Indefinite Parole" "Humanitarian Parole" or "Cuban-Haitian Entrant"

If you are neither a citizen, nor an eligible non-citizen, you are not eligible for federal student aid.  You may, however, apply for an alternative student loan through a U.S. lender. These loans are generally credit-based and require a co-signer or co-applicant who is a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.  Please contact Student Financial Aid for more information.

For Scholarship information, Please contact the Center for International Studies.

In general, International Students are not eligible for scholarships. There are a select few scholarships for which International Students may apply and they can do so by submitting the General Scholarship Application Form. Through the general scholarship application, students can review a comprehensive list of scholarships available. Since scholarships are offered by various colleges, departments, and organizations to students who meet specific criteria, we encourage all students to apply regardless of their accomplishments, major, class level, or GPA. We also are able to list scholarship opportunities for UMSL students that are not offered by UMSL.Students should also contact the departments of their majors to learn about opportunities there.  

 

 

  1. Apply for Admission - You will not be able to apply for scholarships until you have been admitted.
  2. Fill out the FAFSA - File by February 1 for incoming freshman, new transfer, and for all continuing and graduate students. Students filing after that date will be applying for remaining financial aid funds available (typically Pell grant and Stafford loans.) For Missouri Residents, the State has a deadline of February 1 for state funded scholarships and grants, this is a change from previous years. If you choose not to complete the FAFSA, you are encouraged to review the information regarding Missouri House Bill 390 (HB390).
  3. Complete the UMSL General Scholarship Application Form: While merit scholarships are offered to students based on their admissions applications and do not require additional applications, UMSL scholarships are available through our General Scholarships Application.
    • Sign In in the upper right corner with your UMSL SSO ID and password and select General Application.
    • Save your application by clicking Save and Keep Editing. Submit your application by clicking Finish and Continue.
    • The scholarship application has two parts: The General Application and scholarship-specific applications. All students who complete the General Application will automatically be applied for scholarships that do not require additional information. Applicants will then be able to apply to specific scholarships that have additional questions.
  4. Check with the department of your major to determine if you will need to do a separate scholarship application for their awards. You'll also want to check with any campus student organizations that you participate in to see if they (or their regional or national organizations) offer scholarships.
  5. Review the External Scholarships page for additional scholarship opportunities. Scholarships offered from donors outside UMSL often can be used to help defray your costs at UMSL.

 

 

 Important Notes
General Scholarship Application
All students should submit a General Scholarship Application after being admitted to the university.
FAFSA Deadline All incoming freshman, new transfer and all continuing and graduate students should submit a FAFSA by the February 1 deadline.
Merit Scholarships
Merit scholarships for freshman, non-resident and undergraduate transfer students are offered based on admissions applications and do not require additional applications to be considered.
Non-Degree Seeking Students
Students admitted as a non-degree seeking student are ineligible for all UMSL scholarships as well as state and federal financial aid.
International Students In order to be considered for federal student aid you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen who is enrolled as a degree-seeking student.

 

 

UMSL Student Financial Aid
327 Millennium Student Center
One University Boulevard
Saint Louis, Missouri 63121

FAFSA School Code: 002519
Phone: (314) 516-5526
Fax: (314) 516-5408
Email: financialaid@umsl.edu

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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